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SAHARA Las Vegas not closing, calls social media rumor 'false'

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 21:32:10-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A spokesperson with the SAHARA Las Vegas denied a rumor that the property may be closing later this year.

Thursday, a report of the property permanently closing in September surfaced, but a few hours later that claim was said to unfounded by the SAHARA Las Vegas.

Additionally, a SAHARA Las Vegas spokesperson released the following on Thursday evening:

"The social media rumor concerning a planned closure of SAHARA Las Vegas is completely false. SAHARA Las Vegas has no plans to close either temporarily or otherwise. SAHARA Las Vegas owner Alex Meruelo remains deeply committed to the project and is continuing with the resorts’ $150 million transformation."

Along with a statement from the property's president and general manager:

“We typically refrain from responding to internet gossip, however, given these current unprecedented times we felt it important to address these rumors head on to reassure our team members and guests,” said Paul Hobson, SAHARA Las Vegas president and general manager. “We have been delighted to welcome guests back to the resort since reopening on June 4 following the government-mandated closure. We look forward to continuing to welcome guests well into the future.”

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SAHARA Las Vegas says the latest information about its current operations can be viewed here.